Carers Week Round-Up 2019
Carers Week is all about coming together to help carers get connected. There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They will be looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness, or who needs extra help as they grow older.
Everyone has a part to play in connecting carers and helping them to get the support they need to care without putting off their own health needs or losing important relationships with others.
In 2019 the VSA Carers Service held various events during the week to help carers connect and also raise awareness of carers with our local community.
We held a Lunch and Learn in the VSA Carers Resource Service and Invited professionals and local Businesses to attend to hear about and service and discuss how we can work together to help raise awareness and support the unpaid carers in Aberdeen city
HMT/APA kindly gave the opportunity for 20 of our carers to come along and see Madagascar the Musical. The Carers enjoyed a matinée and evening performance and thoroughly enjoyed the show.
We held and event at our VSA Easter Anguston Farm and invited carers to come along and have Fun on the Farm. We had a wonderful mindfulness session and learned the benefits of mindfulness exercises and the benefits of this. We enjoyed a delicious High Tea from our Café on the farm and then onto a scavenger hunt around the farm.
To finish our week we had the amazing opportunity to experience a Behind the Scenes Tour of HMT and hear about the history of the theatre. We also got to experience being on stage and looking out to the theatre and singing our hearts out!!
We all felt we learned so much and enjoyed every minute.
We hope that the carers who attended the events this year had a great time. We are always open to suggestions around what activities and events carers would like to see and participate in during Carers Week.
You can comment or make suggestions by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piece from EE 16/06/19 on Carers Week – VSA Carers Trip to Madagascar at HMT
Events mark vital work of Aberdeen’s carers.
A charity is celebrating carers in Aberdeen as part of a national campaign.
Voluntary Service Aberdeen (VSA) hosted a series of activities during the week to raise awareness and highlight the challenges unpaid carers face.
The initiative comes during Carers Week 2019, which aims to get carers connected within their communities.
The team at VSA has been working to recognise them through a special luncheon, a matinee and attending evening performances of Madagascar. This trip included a behind-the-scenes look at Madagascar, which is showing at His Majesty’s Theatre.
Jackie Campbell, carers service manager at VSA, said: “It’s important that people are getting more information on services and opportunities available to them because a lot of people don’t self-identify as an unpaid carer.
“They might look at it and say, ‘Well, I’m not a carer. It’s my mother, brother, wife or husband – it’s just something I have to do’.
“And sometimes the biggest issue is social isolation – even though carers are looking after someone they need to remember their own wellbeing.”
There are about 2,000 carers in VSA’s service and people can visit www.vsa.org.uk for more information on carers support.